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The best ‘80s kung fu movies, and other martial arts movies, embody the rugged individualism and spirit of the decade; a time when the most exciting films involved non-stop action and intense fight scenes. Many of these films are about one man taking a solo journey to defy the odds and defeat his enemies - and let’s not forget, getting the girl while he’s at it.


What are the top ‘80s kung fu and other martial arts movies? Jackie Chan's films dominated the silver screen in the 1980s and 1990s. In ‘85 he wrote, directed, and starred in
Police Story, a film Chan would later say was his personal favorite. The film spawned several sequels, and kept Jackie Chan in the public eye throughout the ‘80s. For '80s martial arts stars, this decade was all about the hero's journey. Be it the underdog hero from the Karate Kid or the unstoppable powerhouse, Chuck Norris, audiences were treated to countless acts of individual bravery.


If you’re familiar with ‘80s kung fu and other martial arts movies, you may know the work of legendary director Sammo Hung, a pioneer of the Hong Kong New Wave movement. Many of his classic films are featured on this list.

Vote up the best '80s kung fu and other martial arts films, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section!  
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Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Bloodsport Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, Bolo Yeung

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Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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The Last Dragon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
The Last Dragon William H. Macy, Vanity, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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The Karate Kid, Part II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
The Karate Kid, Part II Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita

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Kickboxer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Kickboxer Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lau Kar-wing, Haskell V. Anderson III

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Best of the Best is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Best of the Best James Earl Jones, Eric Roberts, Louise Fletcher

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American Ninja is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
American Ninja Michael Dudikoff, Tadashi Yamashita, Steve James

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Drunken Master is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Andreas Lind added Drunken Master Jackie Chan, Hwang Jang-lee, Lin Dai

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Police Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Police Story Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung

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Police Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Police Story 2 Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Bill Tung

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The Karate Kid, Part III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
The Karate Kid, Part III Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively

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Enter the Ninja is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Enter the Ninja Franco Nero, Christopher George, Sho Kosugi

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Code of Silence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Code of Silence Chuck Norris, John Mahoney, Dennis Farina

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Remo Williams: The Adventure B... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Anthony Hopkins, Kate Mulgrew, Wilford Brimley

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Project A is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Project A Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

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Blind Fury is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Blind Fury Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Randall "Tex" Cobb

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Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Cyborg Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dayle Haddon, Ralf Möller

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No Retreat, No Surrender is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
MatthewGill added No Retreat, No Surrender Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kim Tai-chung, Kurt McKinney

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The Octagon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
The Octagon Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Carter

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Lone Wolf McQuade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Lone Wolf McQuade Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera

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Dragon Lord is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Dragon Lord Jackie Chan, Tien Feng, Mars

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Silent Rage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Silent Rage Chuck Norris, Ron Silver, Stephen Furst

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Wheels on Meals is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Wheels on Meals Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

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Revenge of the Ninja is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Revenge of the Ninja Professor Tanaka, Sho Kosugi, Virgil Frye

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Invasion U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Invasion U.S.A. Chuck Norris, Billy Drago, Eddie Jones

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The Young Master is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
The Young Master Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Tien Feng

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Armour of God is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Armour of God Jackie Chan, Carina Lau, Alan Tam

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An Eye for an Eye is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
An Eye for an Eye Chuck Norris, Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree

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Dragons Forever is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Dragons Forever Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

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Miracles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Miracles Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau

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The Big Brawl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
The Big Brawl Jackie Chan, José Ferrer, Rosalind Chao

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Gymkata is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Gymkata Richard Norton, Tadashi Yamashita, Tetchie Agbayani

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A2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
A2

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Winners and Sinners is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Kung Fu Movies
Winners and Sinners Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao